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Time Will TellA Theory of Dynamic Attending$
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Mari Riess Jones

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190618216.001.0001

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Tuning in to Very Fast Events

Tuning in to Very Fast Events

Pitch Perception

(p.107) 6 Tuning in to Very Fast Events
Time Will Tell

Mari Riess Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates that entrainment applies to very fast events, namely sounds with high frequencies. To illustrate this, prominent approaches to pitch perception are sketched along with basic pitch perception phenomena (e.g., virtual pitch perception). In this chapter, multiple frequency components comprise a single complex sound, and people must judge the pitch of this collection of frequencies. Both a successful psychoacoustic theory of pitch perception and a dynamic attending approach offer valid explanations of various phenomena surrounding the pitch of such sounds. This suggests the potential of entrainment in describing pitch perception (i.e., entrainments at fast time scales). The perception of consonance and dissonance is also considered, where dissonance is linked to complex synchronicities termed attractors. Finally, this chapter introduces oscillator clusters, a group of endogenously entrained oscillations.

Keywords:   pitch perception, virtual pitch, place theory, time theory, dominance region, consonance, dissonance, oscillator cluster

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